Preliminary Topics:

  • Prosthetic Rehabilitation
  • Virtual Rehabilitation
  • Osseointegration
  • Outcome Research
  • Signal Extraction
  • Signal Transmission
  • Signal Pick-up
  • Prosthetic Feedback (Proprioceptive, Sensory)
  • Implantable Sensors

Keynote Speakers:

  • Diane Atkins (US)
    Keynote: Physical and Occupational
    Therapy in Upper Limb Amputee Rehabilitation
  • Rickard Brånemark, (San Francisco/US)
    Keynote: Osseointegration
  • Paul S. Cederna, (Ann Arbor/US)
    Keynote: Implantable Sensors
  • Dario Farina, (London/UK)
    Keynote: Signalextraction/Interpretation
  • Levi Hargrove, (Chicago/US)
    Keynote: Feedback Driven Control
  • Todd Kuiken, (Chicago/US)
    Keynote: TMR and Advanced Control Algorithms
  • Peter Kyberd, (Greenwich/UK)
    Keynote: Outcome Research
  • Dustin Tyler, (Cleveland/US)
    Keynote: Sensory Feedback


Thursday 10th of May 2018

09:00 Welcome and Introduction (OC Aszmann)

09:15 – 12:00 Workshop I
Signal extraction/Interpretation

Introduction Dario Farina
Short presentation of each station &
hands-on training with different systems

Station I: Myonic (Amsüss/Otto Bock)
Station II: Complete Control (Group Kuiken)
Station III: Regression (Hahne)
Station IV: Electrode Shift (Schulz)
Station V: High-density Matrix (Group Farina)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 15:30 Workshop II

Introduction Paul Cederna
Short presentation of each station

Station I: Bionic Osseointegration (Ortiz/Brånemark)
Station II: Implanted Myoelectric Sensors (Salminger/Aszmann)
Station III: Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces (Chestek/Cederna)

15:30 – 17:30 Workshop III

Introduction Agnes Sturma
Short presentation of each station

Station I: Virtual Rehabilitation (Prahm)
Station II: EMG Guided Rehabilitation (Sturma)
Station III: Phantom Limb Pain (Ortiz)

17:30 End

*preliminary time schedule

Workshop speakers

Dario Farina
Dario FarinaProfessor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London, UK
Dario Farina received Ph.D. degrees in automatic control and computer science and in electronics and communications engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France, and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2001 and 2002, respectively. He is currently Full Professor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the Department of Bioengineering of the Imperial College London, UK. He has previously been Full Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, (until 2010) and at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, where he has been founding Director of the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems (2010-2016) and the Chair in Neuroinformatics of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen (2010-2015). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award, in 2012 he has been elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and in 2014-2015 he has been Distinguished Lecturer IEEE. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement. Within these areas, he has (co)-authored more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, which have currently received cumulatively more than 19,000 citations, and over 500 among conference papers/abstracts, book chapters, and encyclopaedia contributions. Professor Farina has been the President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) (2012-2014) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the official Journal of this Society, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. He is also currently an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and for the Journal of Physiology, and previously covered editorial roles in several other Journals.
Todd Kuiken
Todd KuikenDirector, Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM)
Dr. Todd A. Kuiken, MD, PhD received a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University (1983), a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (1989), and his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School (1990).
At the Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM), Dr. Kuiken leads a multidisciplinary team of prosthetists, therapists, neuroscientists, engineers, software developers, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. The goal of CBM is to improve the function and quality of life for individuals with limb loss and other physical disabilities. This combination of clinical and research expertise provides a unique environment to translate research data into clinical applications. In addition to his work at CBM, Dr. Kuiken is a Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, and Surgery at Northwestern University.

The primary focus of Dr. Kuiken’s research has been to develop a neural-machine interface to improve the function of artificial limbs. He is best known for his research in developing a surgical technique called Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), which is now a standard procedure and has been performed in hospitals worldwide.

Janne Hahne
Janne HahneDepartment of Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery of the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany
Dr. Janne Hahne is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Neurorehabilitation Systems Research Group at the Department of Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery of the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany. His main research interests include simultaneous and proportional myoelectric control, co-adaptive human-machine learning, adaptive signal processing, closed-loop prosthesis control, bio-signal interfaces and machine learning.
Dr. Hahne graduated in Electical Engineering and was from 2009 to 2010 with the strategic technology management at Otto Bock HC, Duderstadt, Germany. He then joined the Machine Learning Group at TU-Berlin, where he did a PhD in Machine Learning with a focus on advanced prosthesis control. Since 2014 he is with the University Medical Center Göttingen where he has been involved in several national and international research projects on myoelectric control.
Alexander Schulz
Alexander SchulzFaculty of Technology / AG Machine Learning, University of Bielefeld
Alexander Schulz defended his PhD. thesis with the title Discriminative Dimensionality Reduction: Variations, Applications, Interpretations at CITEC, Bielefeld University in early 2017. Currently, he is working on the CITEC research project Towards Cognitive Control: Transfer Learning for Robust Steering of Myoelectric Devices in collaboration with the CD Laboratory for Restoration of Extremity Function from the Medical University of Vienna.
Paul S. Cederna
Paul S. CedernaChief, Section of Plastic Surgery Robert Oneal Professor of Plastic Surgery Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering University of Michigan
President, Plastic Surgery Foundation
Board of Directors, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Past-President, Plastic Surgery Research Council
Past-President, American Soceity for Peripheral Nerve

Paul S. Cederna, M.D. is the Robert Oneal Professor of Plastic Surgery, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan who specializes in reconstruction of complex wounds. By combining his clinical training in general surgery, microsurgery, and plastic surgery and background in biomedical engineering, he is able to incorporate creative solutions with technically challenging operations to solve the most difficult problems resulting from trauma, cancer, or burns. Academically, Dr. Cederna has a very active research enterprise directing the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cederna has received over $26,000,000 in direct research funding, authored over 180 scientific manuscripts, published 22 book chapters, presented his work over 600 times at national and international meetings, and has been asked to give over 300 extramural presentations. He has received over 65 national research awards. Dr. Cederna has been the Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is currently President for the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

Max Ortiz Catalán
Max Ortiz CatalánBiomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.
Dr. Max Ortiz Catalán, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, where he founded and currently heads the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (@ChalmersBNL). Dr. Ortiz Catalán works in close collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Reconstruction of Extremities at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and serves as a Research Director of Integrum AB, both in Sweden. His research includes bioelectric signals acquisition electronics (analog and digital); bioelectric signal processing and machine learning algorithms for decoding motor volition and control; implanted and non-invasive neuromuscular interfaces; bone-anchored prostheses and osseointegration; and, virtual and augmented reality for neuromuscular rehabilitation and the treatment of phantom limb pain. Dr. Ortiz Catalán won the “European Youth Award” by the European Council in 2014, the “Delsys Prize” by Delsys in 2016, and was part of the wining team of the “Brian & Joyce Blatchford Award” by ISPO in 2017.
Rickard Brånemark
Rickard BrånemarkOrthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, US
Director of the Center of Orthopaedic Osseointegration at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, between 1999-2014. Performed more than 200 surgeries using a novel percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic system for the treatment of amputees. Lead surgeon for a team that in 2013 for the first time in the world implanted muscle and nerve electrodes in an amputee with an osseointegrated implant to improve the control of the prosthetic arm. Presently visiting associate professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and co-director for the international Center for Osseointegration Research, Education and Surgery (iCORES) at University of California, San Francisco.
Stefan Salminger
Stefan SalmingerDepartment for Surgery, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Medical University of Vienna
Stefan Salminger joined the research group of Professor Aszmann in 2012. His research interests in the Christian Doppler Laboratory focus on the clinical and functional outcome of bionic reconstruction, from surgery to the final prosthetic fitting. Currently he is a resident at the Department for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna.
Oskar Aszmann
Oskar AszmannAssociate Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Department of Surgery)
Prof. Oskar C. Aszmann, born in Vienna, Austria. After a two year excursion into philosophy and biology Dr. Aszmann finished Medical School at the medical faculty of the University of Vienna (1994). He then went on to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he learned the trade of peripheral nerve surgery from Prof. Lee Dellon and the basic science of peripheral nerve regeneration from Prof. Thomas Brushart. In 1998 he joined the Division of Plastic Surgery in Vienna where he finished his training in 2004 and was promoted the position of Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 2006 he has entered a close collaboration with the company Otto Bock to explore the possibilities and limits of bionic reconstruction which has led to the establishment of a partly private/government funded Center for Extremity Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in 2012. This Center is being headed by Prof. Aszmann and has at its core interest the reconstruction and rehabilitation of patients with impaired extremity function. This goal is accomplished with a wide variety of surgical techniques of neuromuscular reconstruction alone or in combination with complex mechatronic devices.
His research focuses on all aspects of reconstructive surgery, both from a clinical but also from a basic research perspective. This has precipitated in different textbook chapters and is being published both in top journals of his field but also larger audience periodicals such as The Lancet and Science Translational Medicine and various Nature Group Periodicals. For his recent accomplishments in this field and his care for patients with complex extremity injuries he was awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine, London twice and received the Hans Anderl Award- the most prestigious research prize awarded by the European Association for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He serves in the board of directors of several national und international scientific societies and is in the editorial board of several international Journals.
He has received research grants of the Austrian Research Agency (FWF) and the Christian Doppler Research Foundation with a sum total of about 4,2 Mio€ and has most recently received the prestigious Houska Award for excellency in public-private partnership.
Cynthia A. Chestek
Cynthia A. ChestekDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Cynthia A. Chestek received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, she was a Research Associate at the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery with the Braingate 2 clinical trial. In 2012 she became an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, where she runs the Cortical Neural Prosthetics Lab. She is the author of 32 full-length scientific articles. Her research interests include high-density interfaces to the nervous system for the control of multiple degree of freedom hand and finger movements.
Cosima Prahm
Cosima PrahmDepartment of Surgery, Division for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Medical University of Vienna
Before joining the CD Laboratory in 2013, Cosima Prahm’s research interests focused on diagnostic imaging such as fMRI and EEG within the field of neurodegenerative diseases. The main research topics at the CD Laboratory for Extremity Restoration are associated with Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics – human computer interfaces, virtual and augmented reality, game design and rehabilitation systems.

Ongoing projects involve the evaluation of pattern recognition algorithms compared to conventional control and game-based virtual rehabilitation.

Agnes Sturma
Agnes SturmaDepartment for Surgery, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Medical University of Vienna
Agnes Sturma (MSc BSc), has been working at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Restoration of Extremity Function since 2012. As a physiotherapist she is involved in the rehabilitation of patients with amputations or loss of function of their extremities. Together with other experts she has developed a structured rehabilitation protocol for amputees with selective nerve transfers. In her PhD Agnes Sturma focuses on possible treatment methods for amputees with phantom limb pain. The influence of selective nerve transfers, training, prosthetic fitting and prosthetic function is investigated in these patients.